Multiple criteria decision support systems for Mediterranean forest management planning

30 ECTS specialization sub-programme at University of Lisbon :

Specialization U Lisbon 2024

The MEDfOR specialization “Multiple criteria decision support systems for Mediterranean forest management planning” provides students with advanced knowledge on domains that are key to address current Mediterranean forestry challenges. For that purpose, it integrates multidisciplinary knowledge on forest models (both empirical and process-based), on forest management planning models (both operations research and multiple attribute techniques) and on methods to assess and manage wildfire risk (ranging from prevention to restoration). Technological platforms (e.g. decision support systems) to facilitate this integrative approach to Mediterranean forestry are further addressed. This specialization is problem-driven and it is supported by the analysis of case studies. Students will better understand how information from their area of expertise can be utilized to support Mediterranean forest management planning. Students will explore models and tools for advanced decision support according to their own area of interest or expertise. Students will further acquire competences for conducting and communicating research in this field. The specialization is structured into five courses:


First Semester

  1. Natural Resources Management (6 ECTS)
  2. Forestry Governance (6 ECTS)
  3. Mediterranean Forest Management Planning - Case Studies and Research Problems (6 ECTS)
  4. Wildfires: assessing and managing risk - from prevention to restoration (6 ECTS)
  5. Forest Models (6 ECTS) *
  6. Remote Sensing and Image Analysis (6 ECTS) *

* Optative Courses